Issue of guidance by the Corporation.

Part of Orders of the Day — Housing Bill – in the House of Commons at 10:45 pm on 27th June 1988.

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Photo of Mrs Maria Fyfe Mrs Maria Fyfe , Glasgow Maryhill 10:45 pm, 27th June 1988

Will the Minister explain why capital receipts must be used to repay loan debts and why local authorities must disregard what everybody in Scotland regards as the priority of getting decent housing and carrying out the repairs programme? The Minister may not be aware that Glasgow suffers from much debt and that 40 per cent. of its income is spent on repaying loan charges because of the vast home-building programmes necessary to clear the slums and create housing after the second world war. Given that councils such as Glasgow are already spending a vast amount of their income on repaying debt, why do the Government insist that they spend more money on repaying debt rather than dealing with the housing crisis in Scotland?